Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day and Happy Birthday!!!

I am wishing all the Fathers out there a HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

I am also wishing my oldest son a very HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

This was wonderful

I had just gotten done talking to one of my son's about how this one person would always agitate and insult him.  I told him that he should just look at her and say God Bless you and walk away.... who knew I was giving him excellent advice?

When You Are Insulted, Choose to Pray

When it comes to being insulted, there is something Jesus said in Matthew 5 that can make us scratch our heads.

"If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other cheek also". (Matthew 5:39 NCV).

In order to understand this verse, we need to understand the culture of that day.
In biblical times, a slap was not an act of violence. It was a backhanded slap indicating an insult. When you slapped someone on the cheek, you were insulting that person. Many times the person would slap back with another insult.

People insult you to gain control. If they can get you to insult them back, you've given them the higher ground and it puts them in control.

What Jesus was saying in Matthew 5 is to just let it go. Don't play their game. Give the situation to God.

It takes a lot of strength not to insult someone in return. So how do you do it?

Remember what God says about you. No matter what negative thing that person says, remember that God says he loves you. God made you, and he has a plan and purpose for your life. God's opinion is more important than any other person's opinion.

Instead of retaliating, God wants us to break the cycle in a different way. Don't retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for (1 Peter 3:9 NLT).

How do you return an insult with a blessing? Pray."Pray for those who insult you"(Luke 6:28 GWT).

How do you pray for somebody who has hurt you? King David, a man after God's own heart, prayed for people who insulted and rejected him. You can find many of those prayers in the book of Psalms. What I love about his prayers is that he begins many of them by telling God his honest feelings about the people who hurt him.

That's how our prayers should start. Don't pretend to be pious; God knows what is on your mind anyway. Tell God how you honestly feel. Admit you are struggling to pray for the other person, but then ask God to bless him or her. Honest and humble prayers have the power to make a difference in this world.

Tom Holladay is a teaching pastor at Saddleback Church and author of The Relationship Principles of Jesus.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Shirley & Marcy

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it.

She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her. The neighbor said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, 'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?'

Timmy nonchalantly replied, 'Yeah, I know who she is.'

The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'

'That's just Shirley Goodnest,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy.'

'Shirley Goodnest?' Who the heck is she and why is she following us?

'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'

The Lord bless you and keep you; 
the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; 
the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

A new finish

I have finished the other towel that I wanted to make. This means I now have a matching pair. Yippee!

This makes finish #7 for 2011.

I am using the photo from the other post only because my daughter has taken my camera to camp. So I will be without a camera for 7 weeks. :(

I will see if my mom or sister will allow me to use their cameras for taking pics.... until then I will continue to stitch and will hopefully be able to update posts with pics at a later date.

I have done a little stitching on my RMC piece(UFO) and Jesus Wept(WIP). (not really enough for a pic yet but hopefully I can do some more on them so that a pic will be warranted when a camera is available.)

I am off work this week so I hope to do lots of stitching but I know I will have to share that time with cleaning house. I have only one of four children home right now. One was given the boot to go live with family, one is gone for 7 weeks at camp and one is gone for a week to camp. So we will see how things go!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Calling all animal lovers!!!!

Poor Smudge, Meghan's kitty needs your help!!!!

His momma "Meghan" needs your help to pay for the surgery he needs to remove the thorns and to give him the medication he needs to deal with allergic reaction the thorns are creating. Meghan's family needs your help. "We love Smudge and what is more, he and Meghan are bonded so much, he rarely leaves her side."

Poor Smudge found himself in trouble yesterday as he must have ran head first into  Jumping Cactus (click to see the nasty Cholla Cactus) thorns.

 Please go to the blog here to donate anything to help poor Meghan's kitty.